A day of commemoration, a time to reflect in Wolfeboro
U.S. Marine Veteran Harold Chamberlin, the First Vice Commander of the American Legion Harriman Hale Post 18, leads veterans and members of the Post 18 Auxiliary down Main Street in Wolfeboro on Monday. (Larissa Mulkern)
Members of the local American Legion Harriman Hale Post 18 organize the annual parade, led by former post Commander and current First Vice Commander Harold Chamberlin. Veterans from every branch of armed services, members of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 18, and the Kingswood Regional High School Marching Band marched from Monument Field to the Carpenter School, the Wolfeboro Post Office, the town docks and then to Cate Park, where Executive Councilor and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Joe Kenney gave a speech from the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand.
In his remarks, Executive Councilor Kenney, a 30-year veteran who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, told the crowd that freedom comes with a price.
“From the American Revolutionary War to the war on global terrorism it has been the American veteran who has protected and preserved our way of life to make us the freest country the world has ever known. But this freedom has not gone without a price and over one million service men and women have died over the course of American history as a result of conflict and war,” said Kenney.
“It is a day to remember the sacrifices that have made us America,” he said. “God bless America and God bless our fallen heroes.”
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